Holiday Safety

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  • More than half of the home decoration fires in December are started by candles
  • The top 3 days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year's Day and New Year's Eve
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns
  • Use flameless candles near flammable materials

Christmas Trees

  • Do not place trees in areas that block hallways, exit ways, or doors
  • A heat source too close to the Christmas Tree causes 1 in every 4 winter fires
  • Do not have any open flames (candles, lanterns, kerosene heaters, and gas-fired heaters) near the tree or any other flammable material.
  • Make sure heating ducts are off or pointed away from the tree to avoid drying out the tree.
  • Check the tree's water level daily, make sure there is enough water to submerge the fresh cut section of the trunk
  • Remove the tree from your home when it is dry


  • Don't overload the outlet
  • Only connect up to the maximum set of lights found on the box
  • Replace warn or broken cords or loose bulbs
  • Use outdoor rated extension cords outside

Space Heaters

Keep all flammable materials at least three feet from the heat!